We Need to Talk About Kevin

We Need to Talk About Kevin

eBook - 2003
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Eva never really wanted to be a mother and certainly not the mother of the unlovable boy who murdered seven of his fellow high school students, a cafeteria worker, and a much-adored teacher who tried to befriend him, all two days before his sixteenth birthday. Now, two years later, it is time for her to come to terms with marriage, career, family, parenthood, and Kevin's horrific rampage in a series of startlingly direct correspondences with her estranged husband, Franklyn.
Publisher: New York : Counterpoint, c2003
ISBN: 9781582438870
Characteristics: 1 online resource (400 p.)


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The Fear: You'll be a terrible parent, or even worse, you'll give birth to a terrible child.

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Apr 17, 2019

author recommended by Katherine H

Apr 03, 2019

I read this book to fulfill the goal read A book with no chapters/unusual headings/ uncoventually numbered chapters. it has to be one of the saddest, most creepy books out there. i can't imagine what this mother went through. at times this book, scared me. i pray i never feel this way, or that my kids would never experience.

Dec 18, 2018

Amazing book - very black.... about a school shooting and a disconnection between mother and child at birth, and possibly the consequences of that disconnection.

Nov 18, 2016

Unlike other readers, I was unable to get through it...the self pity was too much to put up with.

Mar 08, 2016

You can probably skim over the first 70 pages or so and not miss much. The narrator tends to use unnecessary "big" words to explain things, which to me came off as somewhat pretentious; and literally none of the characters are likable. All that being said, We Need To Talk About Kevin eventually becomes an interesting, worthwhile read.

CMLibrary_akeller Jan 20, 2016

While I did occasionally get annoyed at the narrator, this book kept me reading well into the night. It really got me thinking and the ending shocked me. I liked seeing the progression of Kevin (and his mom-the narrator) over the years. I also appreciated the back and forth from the present day to the past. It probably could have been edited better, but overall a good read.

Aug 20, 2015

the movie was quite moving

Jul 14, 2015

This story disturbed me. The actions of Kevin and the after math he left behind is hard to accept. The story brings to light if nurture vs. nature play into violent acts of children. The author tells a compelling story but I felt it was too wordy and a thesaurus was over used.

Jul 09, 2015

Disturbing novel about a mother - who has reservations about having a child - and a son she eventually has who does not get the attention he deserves -the resultant consequences can be devastating.
Very well written novel; written by the perspective of the mother as she was writing to her husband about what lead to the boy in predicament. Does she believes it's her fault for not being the mother she should have been?

I almost gave up in the beginning ( too many descriptive phrases and words- not enough action) but hung in there till the end. Very well written.

Apr 27, 2015

After a terrifying school shooting, “We Need To Talk About Kevin” explores the aftermath from a mother’s perspective.

Seeing the damage he has caused so many families, Eva has to come to terms with what her son has done. One seemingly ordinary school day, Kevin takes a gun with him and shoots several classmates, a cafeteria worker and a beloved teacher. Not only will he have to live with what he has done, his mother has to somehow grasp her new reality. Speaking to her husband through the narrative and letters, Eva desperately needs to talk about Kevin; the once adorable, loving little boy she gave birth to. How could one perfect little boy turn into such a monster? While readers need to check themselves regularly, they need to keep in mind this story is a piece of fiction. Lionel Shriver does a breath-taking job creating scenes and making characters believable, even likeable. The author does an impeccable job disclosing the devastation through the eyes of the boy’s mother. Reaching the plateau of accepting her son is a spawn of evil is what Eva tries not to do.

While this book is heartbreaking to read, it is a mind jerker from a very different perspective. It makes the reader see the destruction from a loving and dear perspective.
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Aug 20, 2015

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Apr 27, 2015

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